Attend the Residents Academy

Why wonder about why things are the way they are in Mt. Lebanon, when you can learn it all at the third annual Mt. Lebanon Residents Academy? The free, eight-week overview of local programs and services sponsored by the Mt. Lebanon Community Relations Board begins at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, January 9, 2020.

The municipality created the academy to complement its successful fire and police academies. It’s a fun way to learn about all aspects of municipal government. You’ll get a look at Mt. Lebanon’s successes and challenges, and find out how your tax dollars are spent.

Each week, representatives of various municipal departments and related agencies, as well as the school district, will lead two-hour sessions from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on eight consecutive Thursdays through February 27.

The first session will be in the municipal building, but some will be  at other facilities, such as the library, public safety center or rec center, depending on the topic. Some walking, including stairs, may be involved.

The Mt. Lebanon Residents Academy  is an interactive, participatory program rather than a lecture series and each week has plenty of opportunity for questions and answers.

All municipal departments will participate, with several sharing a two-hour slot.

Topics will include finance, economic development, fire and police, communications, parks and recreation, public works, zoning and library services. Medical Rescue Team South, Mt. Lebanon School District, Animal Control and other service providers will also give presentations.

The program is free but slots are limited to keep the group size practical and agile. Both previous years filled to capacity quickly, creating a waiting list for the following year’s academy.

Apply online. Deadline is Friday, December 13. For information, call 412-343-3552.